Hummingbird courtship

We've had a female hummingbird at our feeders and visiting Monarda and Lonicera flowers for some weeks. But eating lunch on the porch today, we were excited to see a pair of hummingbirds circle up and then down, and then disappear on the ground. Woo-hoo!

Checking out All About Birds (Cornell Lab of Ornithology), Journey North, and Operation Ruby Throat, it seems promising that this was the final courtship ritual prior to mating, so maybe we'll have a hummingbird nest & babies in the next few weeks.

Here in the Southeast, we apparently can have double broods, so maybe our pair will be producing one of these!


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